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Afghanistan: Ghani announces end of ceasefire with Taliban

This came in the backdrop of an initial truce which was observed by both sides over the Eid festival period.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 30 Jun 2018, 21:20:54
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani

Kabul: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani today ended his government's ceasefire with the Taliban and ordered security forces to resume operations" operations against the group.

"The ceasefire is over. The Afghan security and defense forces are allowed to restart their military operations," Ghani said while addressing media in Kabul on Saturday.

"No one has the right to monopolize the peace process. Taliban's time to decide how they are going to deal with the situation. People want peace from the Taliban and the government, and it's time for the Taliban to answer this question positively," he added.

Ghani on June 17 announced a 10-day extension on government's ceasefire and also urged the Taliban to extend their three-day ceasefire. The Taliban, however, has not yet responded and instead continues to carry out attacks across the country.

This came in the backdrop of an initial truce which was observed by both sides over the Eid festival period.


First Published: 30 Jun 2018, 21:20:54

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